July 13, 2010

Review & Giveaway: A Wretched Man - A Novel of Paul the Apostle by RW Holmen


There is so much that goes on in this book that I decided to give you the information from the synopsis:

Saint Paul was a sinner. He never met Jesus, but he experienced the famous conversion on the road to Damascus long after the Messiah had been crucified. Paul believed his Damascus experience had healed his guilty soul, but Jesus' own brother doubted Paul's tale.

James' rejection spurred Paul to hike the Roman highways of the Mediterranean world to proclaim the truth of Damascus, over and over again, if not for James' approval, then for his own. Had he not been healed at Damascus? And then there was the stinging thorn in his flesh that kept the guilty wound on his soul festering.

Journey to the first century world of the Roman empire. Here you will encounter emperors and slaves, Jews and Greeks, and men and women lifted from the pages of the New Testament as they stumble forward following the death of Jesus, unwitting midwives to the birth of Christianity. Follow Paul and James as they contend for the soul of the newborn Jesus movement; their struggle is the story of Christian origins.


I have always been fascinated with the life of Jesus and that of his followers. The apostle Paul and James, the brother of Jesus, have different ideas about how God wants us to live our lives. The path the author walks down in this book is very different from others that I have read, which makes for a refreshing read. Four stars!



A Wretched Man - A Novel of Paul the Apostle by RW Holmen
Bascom Hill Publishing Group, Limited
9781935098218
March 15, 2010
401 pages
$16.95 US


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61 comments:

  1. As I've gotten older I've been reading a lot more books relating to the life of Jesus. I recently read the two Anne Rice books relating to Jesus. I found them to be quite interesting if you're looking for something else along those lines to read.

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  2. Would have loved to be in the running for this book as it sounds so good. Unfortunately I am overseas so please dont count me in.

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  3. This sounds like an interesting book.

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  4. +1 I would love to read this book.
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  5. I'm looking forward to reading the author's treatment of Jewish and Roman culture.
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  20. +1 Would love to have a hot at this.

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  21. Please enter me. I follow you w/ Google Reader and on Twitter (@bibliofreakblog) and now I'm following @awretchedman as well.

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  22. Thanks for having this giveaway!

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  23. Please include me in your giveaway.

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  24. I'm reading the Bible, so this book really interests me.

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  25. ots: i have 2 books for you then, Dear and Glorious Physician and Great Lion of God, both by Taylor Caldwell! check them out.

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  26. This book sounds really fascinating.

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  27. +1 Sounds great! Please count me in. Thank you!

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  30. Paul being the leader of the Christian early church would make this a book that I would really like to read. Thanks!

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  31. now i have to say the variety of books is quite wide.....i like that!

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  32. This does sound interesting.

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  33. been wanting to read more about that era - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  34. This sounds like an interesting and thought provoking book.

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  35. Sounds interesting. Please accept my entry. Thanks!
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  36. I would like to read this!

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  37. This would be so interesting to read!
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  38. enter me please, thank you for the giveaway

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  39. This sounds like an interesting book on this man - I'd love to see what the author has to say.

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  40. I am now following you on Twitter (@psychotichouse)

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  41. This novel on Paul sounds very good. His letters to the church interest me.

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  43. I would love to read about Paul. I'm pretty sure his name was Saul and changed to Paul but can't remember why and would love to learn about him.
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  44. +1, This sounds great, I'd love to read it.

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  45. I'd love to read this, but man you are desperate for readers and friends.

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  46. Following on facebook. This looks like the kind of book I read

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  47. +1-I love reading books relating to the Bible. This one sounds great!

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  48. I'm a huge Christian, and this book looks awesome! mzpaw@yahoo.com

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  49. Count me in!
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  50. sounds like a interesting book please enter me

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  51. It sounds very interesting. I would love to read it. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  52. I would like to read it.
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